Responsible Career Fellowship Opportunities for Recent Grads & the Class of 2011

Attention soon-to-be responsible career-seeking graduates of the class of 2011:

Believe it or not, the time to start exploring careers is now, especially if you're considering a one or two year fellowship program with an early application deadline. For these types of programs, you'll need to write an admissions essay, collect transcripts, and ask professors for recommendations.

If you're like many college seniors, you may be unsure about what types of career to pursue -- when I graduated from college in '09, I received six job offers in completely different fields before I settled happily into the Internet industry. Fellowship programs provide excellent opportunities for students to enter the working world, especially for recent grads who don't have a concrete career plan.

Are you thinking of returning to graduate school? A fellowship program may provide you with the best introspective opportunities during your much-needed year off.

Some fellowships offer a living stipend in addition to health insurance, and others offer tuition reimbursement and scholarships. Most importantly, you'll propel yourself into a responsible career trajectory that will better prepare you for graduate school or a full-time position.

When mapping out your fellowship options, consider meeting with your school's career adviser to explore local opportunities and fellowships that have a strong alumni base from your college. No matter what stage you are in your career search, be sure to research the opportunities below.

  • The CORO Public Affairs Fellowship is a year-long rotational program in the fields of government, electoral politics, business, organized labor, and nonprofit work. The program is available in New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, and San Francisco.
  • The City Hall Fellows program places recent college graduates in a local government office for one year. The cities of San Francisco, Baton Rouge, and Houston host City Hall Fellows.
  • Teach for America places recent graduates in urban classrooms throughout the United States. The program requires a two-year commitment, and students are eligible to complete a master's program in teaching.
  • Math for America provides opportunities for recent graduates to teach in public schools that are located in New York City, Berkeley, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Utah.
  • Peer Health Exchange features health education fellowships in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact PHE for application information -- fellowships are awarded on a rolling basis.
  • The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation offers quantitative public health fellowships opportunities for recent graduates. IHME fellows are paid a salary and are eligible to complete public health courses.
  • The Fulbright Fellowship Program is a highly selective program that places graduate seniors, recent graduates, and artists all over the world for research and teaching opportunities. The program is sponsored by the United States Department of State.

Have a fellowship program that you'd like to add to the list? Did you apply to or graduate from one of these programs? Feel free to join the conversation, or drop a comment below.

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